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Le Rouge et le Noir by Stendhal
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Dec 01, 2007

it was amazing
Read in November, 2007

Simply amazing. Along with Thackeray and Balzac, Stendhal is the first true modern novelist. One critic suggested that he was actually ahead of his time - his concern with psychological states has more in common with 20th century literature than most 19th century literature. But, this remains perhaps a paradigmatic example of that 19th century mainstay, the bildungsroman. Probably the best French novelist of the 19th century, equal to Balzac and Flaubert.
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